Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and the Big Little Lies Cast Hit the Golden Globes Red Carpet
The female-led cast hit the red carpet in black dresses to protest harassment
The Big Little Lies cast isn’t done dominating awards season just yet. The women-led show was one of the breakouts of 2017 (so much so that HBO announced it’s coming back for a surprise season two), and the cast has been supporting each other through each moment of their ultra-successful year. The series itself depicted abuse — as well as strong, if complicated, female bonds — and, as expected, the stars including Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz and Laura Dern all wore black to protest sexual harassment and raise awareness of the Time’s Up anti-harassment movement.
Witherspoon, who is nominated for best actress in a limited series or motion picture made for television, walked the red carpet in a black one-shoulder custom Zac Posen gown. In a #WhyWeWearBlack Instagram post thanking her team, Witherspoon said “This year, this look means so much more. Standing in solidarity.”
And she walked the red carpet not with husband Jim Toth, but instead with her fellow Time’s Up member and donor Eva Longoria.
“We have been siloed off from each other,” Witherspoon explained to the New York Times of the way women had been treated in Hollywood. “We’re finally hearing each other, and seeing each other, and now locking arms in solidarity with each other, and in solidarity for every woman who doesn’t feel seen, to be finally heard.” She echoed that sentiment in a blog post on her clothing line Draper James’ website, saying “This is something that is very close to my heart, and I’m excited about women coming together to support one another and celebrate our work.”
Longoria added on the red carpet, “We wanted to let people know that it’s not a female issue, it’s a power issue and so saying time’s up to ending the abuse of power but also recognizing the women who came forward.”
To donate to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, which will provide subsidized legal support to women and men in all industries who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace, visit its GoFundMe page. Learn more about Time’s Up, an organization of women in entertainment combating sexual harassment and inequality, on its website.
Kidman wore a black custom Givenchy Haute Couture lace gown. The star won the first award of the night, best actress in a limited series, for her portrayal of Celeste, who is in an abusive marriage on the series, and she has discussed how affected she was by the role. “I felt very exposed and vulnerable and deeply humiliated at times,” Kidman told W Magazine of filming her character’s intense scenes. In her thank you speech, Kidman thanked her fellow cast members as well as her “mama,” who was an advocate for the women’s movement, and continued to bring attention to the cause. “This character that I play represents the center of this movement tonight: abuse. I believe we will create change.”
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Dern and Woodley, both nominees for best supporting actress in a limited series or motion picture made for television, are two of the eight actresses walking the carpet with female activists. Dern walked the red carpet with Mónica Ramírez, the cofounder of Alianza Nacional de Campesina who has served as an attorney, organizer and advocate for farmworker Latina and immigrant women.
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Woodley, an activist for Native American rights who has protested at Standing Rock, brought Calina Lawrence as her date for the evening. Lawrence is a member of the Suquamish tribe and advocates for Native American treaty rights, the “Mni Wiconi” (Water is Life) movement led by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and the #NoLNG253 movement led by the Puyallup tribe.
Costar Zoë Kravitz also wore a black dress for the evening, choosing a black strapless gown and emerald jewelry.
The 75th annual Golden Globes were presented live on NBC from the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, on Sunday.